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Quantity and quality

By Lee Ryder on Apr 3, 08 09:17 AM

United players celebrate at SpursIt was a feeling that at one stage I thought I'd never feel again.

The feeling I'm talking about is the walk (or stumble in some cases) to St James's Park where you aren't wondering whether the team will win, but by how many goals that the Magpies can win by.

Yes, I admit it, I have got a little bit carried away by the win at White Hart Lane after years of returning from London with nothing but a real battering.

And while the good folk of Reading (Royals fans are still getting used to being called Premier League Reading) are likely to survive in the top flight for another year, I wonder if they'll be feeling as bad as we did back in October.

Newcastle United fans have never been backwards in going forwards.

And when they don't see what they like, they'll make sure people know about as football legends Ossie Ardiles, Kevin Keegan, Kenny Dalglish, Ruud Gullit, Sir Bobby Robson and Graeme Souness all very well know.

It's something that Big Sam is now also acutely aware of too.

So with 6,000 Geordies dedicating the bulk of their weekend (and a fistful of cash just weeks away from Christmas) to the black and white cause - isn't it time United served up a decent performance?

They reckon that defeat in tomorrow's Tyne-Wear derby is simply unthinkable.

But no matter how confident you are about tomorrow's big clash at the Stadium of Light, defeat will have crossed your mind at some stage.

It certainly has for me.

For every moment of thinking about 3,000 sets of keys being waved about at 4-1, I've had a Marco Gabbiadini moment.

And for every moment thinking of that Mackem with his corner flags, Eric Gates has crept into my head - mullet as well.

Every Liam O'Brien free-kick has been clouded with a Niall Quinn or a Kevin Phillips and so on and so on.

Losing isn't on the menu for the Geordies this time.

We need battlers - not bottlers

By Lee Ryder on Nov 7, 07 12:28 PM

The Tyne-Wear derby at the Stadium of Light will come down to one thing and one thing only.

And that is exactly who wants it the most and who has the most bottle.

Sunderland are still wounded from the last time the two sides met on Wearside and United - who are reeling from the Pompey game - romped to a 4-1 win in April 2006.

That day was the last time anybody saw Alan Shearer kick a football in the Premier League - but his last touch proved to be smashing home a penalty to put Newcastle 2-1 up.

That requires bottle and Shearer certainly had it in abundance but to be fair to the rest of his side everybody rose to the occasion that day - even Albert Luque who scored a rare goal in black and white!

There was no hiding place for Newcastle United after their 4-1 defeat against Portsmouth and Sam Allardyce has now got six days to sort things out for the biggest game of the season at the Stadium of Light.

Big Sam's tactical input since he took over had meant United were unbeaten at St James's Park this season before yesterday's farce unfolded.

And although Toon fans aren't yet convinced about the style of play Newcastle are playing in this new era, winning football matches keeps managers in jobs and smiles on the faces of supporters.

How you win sometimes doesn't matter but how you lose, like Newcastle did against Pompey, matters dearly to the folk of Tyneside.

Defeat when a team is exhausted on the full time whistle, when they are soaked in sweat, blood and snot and have attempted to block every tackle, keep every ball in touch and challenged for every single header still won't make you flavour of the month.

But it will at least show your watching public you care and make them a little bit more forgiving.


Lee Ryder

Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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